2019 Yamaha XSR700 XTribute Guide

2019 Yamaha XSR700 XTribute

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2019 Yamaha XSR700 XTribute:

Featuring an iconic colour scheme and fitted with a range of exclusive scrambler equipment, the new XSR700 XTribute pays homage to the XT, and recaptures the fundamental thrills and enjoyment that you’re looking for in a bike.

Its special features include an XT-style flat seat and chunky footrests, as well as off-road handlebars and fork gaiters that complement its timeless scrambler style. Thanks to its 689cc, inline, 2-cylinder engine and lightweight chassis, the power and technology of the new XSR700 XTribute leaves a lasting impression.

Yamaha’s Sport Heritage models blend timeless design and cool retro looks with the very latest technology. From the 2-cylinder XSR700 through to the 3-cylinder XSR900 and the XV950 V-twins, this diverse line up is specifically designed to enable and encourage riders of all ages to customize their bike to suit their own needs and style.

By fusing iconic style with cutting edge engine and chassis design, Yamaha’s Faster Sons philosophy ensures that each bike in the Sport Heritage line has its own unique character and appeal – and this instils a special pride of ownership amongst the many riders who want a long term relationship with their motorcycle.

As soon as the XSR models were introduced they immediately caught the attention of Europe’s top customizers, and in recent years Yamaha has collaborated with more than 60 projects to build unique specials based on Sport Heritage models. With its light weight, agile handling and emotional torque feeling, the XSR700 has become a favourite with custom workshops and individual riders who want to build scrambler specials. For 2019 Yamaha will launch a new version of the XSR700 that mixes the passion and flavour of an earlier era with the customization trend of today.



New XSR700 XTribute: a modern homage to a 1970s icon

Over 40 years ago Yamaha introduced the XT500, an air-cooled 4-stroke single that went on to become one of Europe’s best-loved motorcycles. The key to its success was simple design, useable power and all round versatility, and with its XT-inspired colours and classic scrambler looks, the new XSR700 XTribute respects the XT’s true character and pays homage to this iconic bike.

This special combination of timeless good looks and modern technology perfectly illustrates the true spirit of the Faster Sons philosophy, and with its unique specification the XSR700 XTribute gives a new generation of riders the chance to celebrate the past, while at the same time benefitting from the very latest technology and an outstanding riding experience.


Retro XT inspired ‘1981’ colours and graphics

From 1976 through to 1989 the XT500 was a major commercial success and sold in huge numbers all over Europe, and during its long production run this iconic model featured a number of bold and simple colour schemes. To celebrate the legendary status of the XT, Yamaha has chosen the most iconic silver tank, white mudguards and gold wheels for the new XSR700 XTribute – and even the indicators go back to the XT’s original orange finish.

The new colour is appropriately named ‘1981’ to celebrate the XT’s golden era, and devoted Yamaha fans will instantly recognize this modern interpretation of a revered design – which features an XSR700 logo that is inspired by the legendary XT500 design – while younger riders are sure to appreciate the timeless retro looks that give this Sport Heritage bike a unique appeal.


Off road handlebars and chunky footrests

As well as its XT colour scheme the XSR700 XTribute adopts dirt bike style tapered handlebars that reinforce the urban scrambler looks. As well as providing a comfortable and upright riding position, these wider handlebars give increased leverage, making the bike easy to manoeuvre at slow speeds.

Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. / 05 November 2018 19:00 hrs CET / Press Information / New XSR700 XTribute: Yamaha’s retro Faster Sons scrambler


Other special features include the chunky off road style footrests that complement the rugged scrambler character.


Block pattern tyres

Block pattern tyres are fitted to the lightweight 10-spoke cast wheels to reinforce the aggressive urban scrambler looks of the XSR700 XTribute. For high levels of grip with easy handling characteristics on the street and dirt roads this Sport Heritage bike is fitted with Pirelli MT60RS tyres – 180/55-17 rear and 120/70-217 front.


Special flat seat and fork gaiters

Yamaha has developed a unique new seat for the XSR700 XTribute featuring a flat profile that respects the design of the original XT. Offering a modern, high quality finish and featuring a subtle XTribute logo embossed on the rear, this seat contributes towards the bike’s characterful mix of old and new.

Every Yamaha Sport Heritage bike is designed with close attention to every detail – and the same is true on the XSR700 XTribute. Black rubber gaiters are fitted to the front forks to underline the whole retro feel, and the top of the fork tubes are enclosed within black plastic covers to give a clean and understated look to the front end.


Classic scrambler cool with modern technology

The real beauty of the XSR700 XTribute is the way that is combines effortless scrambler cool with modern technology. With its black engine, frame and forks set against the retro colours of the silver fuel tank, gold wheels and white mudguards, the impression of simplicity is reinforced, making this bike a fitting tribute to the original XT500.

Yet at the same time as projecting a classic feel, this is very much a modern motorcycle equipped with the very latest technology. Its powerful engine and agile chassis deliver an exciting and thoroughly modern riding experience – and features such as the smaller LED tail light and LCD instruments contrast beautifully with the vintage colouring and finish. Classic and modern at the same time, the XSR700 XTribute gives the best of both worlds.


Black instruments, controls and radiator covers

The retro theme runs throughout this great looking urban scrambler, and includes special black faced digital instruments that are located in a different position to the standard XSR700. Lightweight black frame guards and radiator covers are featured – and the black theme extends right to through the handlebar control levers and instrument bracket to give an understated look that focuses the viewer’s attention on the strong retro ‘1981’ colours.


Strong performance

At the heart of the XSR700 XTribute is Yamaha’s outstandingly successful and highly regarded 689cc inline 2-cylinder engine whose crossplane philosophy design develops strong and linear torque.

Delivering thrilling performance with excellent fuel economy, this is one of today’s most highlyregarded powerplants.

Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. / 05 November 2018 19:00 hrs CET / Press Information / New XSR700 XTribute: Yamaha’s retro Faster Sons scrambler


Light, compact and agile

Weighing in at just 186kg wet, the XSR700 XTribute is one of the lightest scramblers in the category.

The steel backbone frame and compact chassis is one of the most agile and manoeuvrable designs in the class, making the XSR700 XTribute ideal for the city as well as giving an exciting ride on the open road.


Optional Akrapovič high-level black exhaust

Back in 1976 the very first XT500 featured a low header pipe with a high level muffler, and customers can replicate this look by fitting their XSR700 XTribute with the optional Akrapovič exhaust. With a black finish – like the original XT500 – this high specification 2-into-1 system gives a radical look and

produces a gruff exhaust note – key features that complement the bike’s scrambler character and

accentuate the premium specification of this new Faster Sons model.





2019 Yamaha XSR700 XTribute Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
  • 689cc CP2 high-torque engine
  • Compact and agile chassis
  • XSR700 inspired by the iconic XT500 from 1981
  • Special XT-style flat seat
  • XSR700 XTribute logo on tank and seat
  • Off road handlebars and chunky footrests
  • Fork gaiters
  • Pirelli MT60RS tyres for ON and soft OFF ROAD riding
  • Black finishing for levers and handlebars
  • Black LCD instruments
  • LED tail light
  • Radiator protector covers
  • Optional high level 2-into-1 Akrapovič exhaust with black finish



The new XSR700 XTribute will be available at Yamaha dealers starting in April 2019. Please contact your national Yamaha press officer for more detailed information and the local retail price.

  • Standout Style
    The XSR700™ blends Yamaha’s world-class engineering with timeless style, creating a new type of machine for riders looking for an authentic and honest motorcycle that doesn’t sacrifice performance. Drawing influence from Yamaha’s classic “XS” series of motorcycles, the XSR® oozes class, with exposed aluminum details, retro-influenced bodywork, stepped seat and custom lighting and instrumentation.
  • Advanced Crossplane Crankshaft Concept Engine
    The compact 2-cylinder engine provides a unique power character, with outstanding torque and throttle response, combined with strong high-rpm pulling power. It also features Yamaha’s “Crossplane Concept” 270-degree crank that provides linear torque development in response to the rider’s throttle input.
  • Powerful Braking with ABS
    The XSR700 provides exceptional braking power with confidence thanks to modern brake components backed up with the security of ABS.
  • Compact, Sporty Chassis
    The narrow frame design features sport-oriented geometry to achieve light and nimble handling, aided by the minimalist 410-pound wet weight and refined ergonomics.




2019 Yamaha XSR700 XTribute Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

100% scambler

With its rugged good looks and range of special scrambler equipment, the XSR700 XTribute brings a cool new look to the Sport Heritage class. Built under Yamaha’s Faster Sons philosophy, which combines ageless style with modern technology, this compact, nimble motorcycle is light and easy to ride, an ideal choice for riders who want to have fun.

Inspired by the iconic XT500

Whether you’re new to bikes or you’ve been around for a while, you’ve probably heard about the iconic XT500, Yamaha’s best-selling model from the 1970s and 80s. Just like the original XT, the new XSR700 XTribute is light, powerful and easy to ride – along with its classic colours inspired by the XT500 and special off road components, it pays homage to an all-time great.

Off-road handlebars and footrests

Light, nimble and compact – the XSR700XTribute delivers strong, linear power, making it the perfect bike to fight your way through the urban jungle. Its off-road handlebars ensure a dominant upright position for the rider and make it much easier to manoeuvre in tight situations – added to by the rugged scrambler feel of its chunky footrests.

Retro XT-inspired colours and graphics

Introduced in 1976, the original XT500 was an instant success, and became one of the most popular Yamaha models of all time. To celebrate its legendary status, Yamaha has taken the XT’s famous colour scheme and adapted it to suit the new XSR700 XTribute. Because unique style never goes out of fashion.

Special flat seat and fork gaiters

Yamaha’s designers have paid close attention to every detail on the XSR700 XTribute to ensure that it respects and reflects the character of the XT500. The long flat seat is true to the original design, and gives you a superbly comfortable ride. And to reinforce the timeless retro look, the forks feature authentic rubber gaiters and black upper fork covers.

Block pattern Pirelli MT60RS tyres

This Sport Heritage bike is equipped with Pirelli MT60RS tyres that provide excellent grip and handling on both streets and dirt roads. Fitted to lightweight 10-spoke cast wheels, the block pattern 180/55-17 rear tyre and 120/70-217 front tyre add to the urban scrambler look.

Scrambler style with modern technology

The real beauty of the new retro-look XSR700 XTribute is its blend of a cool classic scrambler with the most advanced engine and chassis technology. The powerful and economical engine is one of Yamaha’s most versatile and enjoyable powerplants, combined with a compact, agile and lightweight chassis that gives riders the ultimate brew of classic and modern.

Strong performance and easy handling

Strong performance and easy handling are the characteristics that made the original XT500 one of the all-time greats in the world of motorcycling. Move the clock forward 40 years and witness how the XSR700 XTribute is built to deliver new levels of performance and handling that make it one of today’s most exciting, enjoyable and rewarding bikes in any class.

Special instruments and controls

Just about anywhere you look on this classic scrambler you’ll see a special part that’s exclusive to this model. The dark colour of the instruments and black handlebar control levers enhance the retro feel, while the special radiator and frame covers add to the overall sense of quality that makes the XSR700 XTribute one of the most desirable middleweights on the street.

689cc 2-cylinder high-torque engine

Just as the original XT engine defined the essential spirit of the bike, the XSR700 XTribute’s powerful and economical engine elevates this motorcycle to a class of its own. Capable of strong linear torque that delivers thrilling acceleration and instant response, the 689cc 2-cylinder powerplant is one of the most popular and successful designs on the road today.

Compact and lightweight chassis

Yamaha’s Sport Heritage models are inspired by the past and built for the future – and the XSR700 XTribute is a perfect example of this Faster Sons philosophy. To keep things uncomplicated, this new scrambler is equipped with a compact and lightweight chassis that makes it one of the most agile and easy-to-ride bikes in its class.

Optional Akrapovič high-level exhaust

Optional equipment for the XSR700 XTribute includes a high level 2-into-1 Akrapovič exhaust with a more radical look and a gruff exhaust note. Finished in black, it echoes the style of the ve

ry first XT500, showcases the concept of the urban scrambler and accentuates the premium specification and character of this new Faster Sons model.




2019 Yamaha XSR700 XTribute – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ USD
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See dealer for pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Australia MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in AU



*** Wet weight includes the vehicle with all standard equipment and all fluids, including oil, coolant (as
applicable) and a full tank of fuel. It does not include the weight of options or accessories. Wet weight is
useful in making real-world comparisons with other models.





2019 Yamaha XSR700 XTribute – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details




2019 Yamaha XSR700 XTribute – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
  • Engine

Engine type

2-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves


689 cm³

Bore x stroke

80.0 mm x 68.6 mm

Compression ratio

11.5 : 1

Maximum power

55.0kW (74.8PS) @ 9,000 rpm

Limited power version


Maximum torque

68.0Nm (6.9kg-m) @ 6,500 rpm

Lubrication system

Wet sump

Clutch type

Wet, Multiple Disc

Ignition system


Starter system


Transmission system

Constant Mesh, 6-speed

Final transmission


Fuel consumption


CO2 emission


  • Chassis



Front travel

130 mm

Caster angle




Front suspension system

Telescopic forks

Rear suspension system

Swingarm, (Link type suspension)

Rear travel

130 mm

Front brake

Hydraulic dual disc, Ø282 mm

Rear brake

Hydraulic single disc, Ø245 mm

Front tyre

120/70 ZR 17M/C(58V) (Tubeless)

Rear tyre

180/55 ZR 17M/C(73V) (Tubeless)


EU4 compliant

  • Dimensions

Overall length

2,075 mm

Overall width

820 mm

Overall height

1,130 mm

Seat height

835 mm

Wheel base

1,405 mm

Minimum ground clearance

140 mm

Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)

186 kg ABS

Fuel tank capacity


Oil tank capacity





2019 Yamaha XSR700 XTribute – Totalmotorcycle.com Australian Specifications/Technical Details





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